February isn't just candy hearts; it's also American Heart Month. Every 25 seconds an American is affected by some form of coronary event, but today could be the day you start making the changes to make sure you aren't one of the statistics.
Know the signs of heart problems:
- Chest Discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in Other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
For more information check out http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
Here are some common sense tips for Heart Health that I have gathered for you...we want you to stay healthy and happy for many years to come!
Start exercising every day. Even just 10-15 minutes a day will change the way you feel and even make you happier.
- Eat Healthy. Make sure to eat healthy which will change the way you feel, give you more energy and also improve your health.
- Relax and take time for you. If you are always running around and taking care of others, your own health will fall by the wayside.
- See your doctor for regular checkups. He/she will be able to help you with your health more than anyone.
We all know these, but knowing these and doing these are two totally different things.
Friday, February 4th is National "Wear Red" day. Everyone is encouraged to wear red as a way to raise awareness for heart disease in women. Women are encouraged to wear red dresses, the symbol of heart disease awareness in women, but even men can get involved by wearing a red tie, shirt, or even pants......ummmm that will be interesting!
The tips could also go far to help those that made the ever popular "lose weight" New Year's Resolution (like me!).